Mexicans celebrate independence |

Mexicans celebrate independence

Today is Mexico’s counterpart to the United States’ Fourth of July. However, despite a large portion of South Shore’s population having Mexican heritage, residents here likely don’t know that today is one of the country’s most celebrated holidays – except for those residents from Mexico.

Victor Mora, co-owner of South Lake Tahoe’s Los Mexicanos restaurant, said there was a celebration Tuesday night at Nero’s 2000 and local churches held events. At Nero’s, residents with Mexican heritage sang songs and listened to a mariachi band.

But there is nothing compared to the celebrations that go on in Mexico.

“My kids – they really don’t know know what happened that day in Mexico,” he said. “It’s a different culture up here. It’s their heritage. At least they should learn what their people did.”

“It’s OK (there aren’t large celebrations). This is the USA, anyway,” he added. “At least they should tell people. We’re still neighbors – Mexico and the USA. I think it’s good to let people know what happened.”

What happened was an 11-year-, 11-day-long revolution. At midnight on Sept. 16, 1810, a man named Miguel Hidalgo y Castillo rang a church bell calling the Mexicans to rebel against the Spaniards who had oppressed them. Mexico didn’t gain independence for more than a decade, but Sept. 16 is the day on which the event is celebrated.

“The 16th of September will be the 189th anniversary,” said Mora, translating for his father, Eduardo Mora Conrique, who is visiting from Mexico. “Every year at schools and (other locations) in every town, they remember to tell everyone what happened on that day. They do fireworks. The mayors all get microphones and talk to everyone in the downtown. They hang pictures of Miguel Hidalgo y Castillo all over in Mexico.

“This is the biggest celebration,” he added, “and it’s nationwide.”

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